Over the past 4 years, I have supported Operation Smile activities as a bike2help.ch team member and as a supporter of the yearly Johnson & Johnson Switzerland fundraising campaign “Move for Charity”.
The private funds collected for Operation Smile have been doubled by my employer Johnson & Johnson Switzerland who also kindly support this mission of medical and non-medical volunteering to India. The objective of the mission is to bring surgical care to citizens who are affected by cleft lips and cleft palates in greater Vijayawada in the Southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is located on the banks of Krishna River with a population of over 1 million inhabitants.
As a team member on this mission, I will have a unique chance experience the work of the organisation with the patients, their families and the hospital staff.
Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery to children and young adults in developing countries all over the world. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided surgical treatment to more than 200,000 patients around the world and, in the process, formed valuable relationships with the countries it has visited.